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The China House

A Grade II Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3687 / 50°22'7"N

Longitude: -4.1317 / 4°7'53"W

OS Eastings: 248500

OS Northings: 54263

OS Grid: SX485542

Mapcode National: GBR RD2.PX

Mapcode Global: FRA 2872.85R

Plus Code: 9C2Q9V99+F8

Entry Name: The China House

Listing Date: 1 May 1975

Last Amended: 9 November 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386423

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473810

Location: Sutton and Mount Gould, Plymouth, PL4

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Sutton and Mount Gould

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Tagged with: Pub

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(West side (off))
The China House
(Formerly Listed as:
Westernmost Warehouse overlooking
Coxside Creek and Sutton Harbour)


Large warehouse, now a public house. 1650 by John Rattenburg,
extended late C20. Plymouth limestone rubble walls; new dry
slate hipped roof. Large rectangular plan plus C20 wing at
rear centre.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys; 9-window range, the 3 centre windows now
sheltered under an open gabled balconied projection. C20
windows and doors. Left-hand return has a blocked round-arched
opening towards the rear.
INTERIOR: C17 features survive in the end walls including a
blocked chamfered fireplace and the remains of a winder stair
at the left-hand end. There is a segmental-arched fireplace at
the other end. There are some re-used original oak roof
trusses with curved feet, lapped and dove-tailed collars and
evidence of threaded purlins.
HISTORY: 1667 bought by Harbour Commissioners and used as
victualling and naval storehouse; 1697 became a gun wharf for
Board of Ordnance; 1756 adapted as a naval hospital; 1768-74
was the factory of William Cookworthy, 1st maker of porcelain
in England (1st patent 1768).
Despite conversion, this building makes a positive
contribution to the character of the harbour area, an early
example of a warehouse in England, and its interest is
enhanced by its leading role in the development of porcelain

Listing NGR: SX4850054263

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